Back Acne Treatment

Back acne is a common dermatological condition that affects people of all ages, especially in our hot, humid weather. They manifest as pimples, cysts, and inflamed areas on the chest, back, and shoulders. Various treatments can help you achieve clearer, healthier skin.

What is Back Acne?

Medically referred to as truncal acne, back acne occurs when acne lesions develop on the chest, back, and shoulders. Like facial acne, it is caused by the blockage and inflammation of hair follicles and sebaceous glands. The common types of lesions seen include:

  • Comedones: These are the non-inflammatory lesions commonly known as blackheads (open comedones) and whiteheads (closed comedones).
  • Papules: Small, red, raised bumps that signify inflammation or infection in the hair follicles.
  • Pustules: Similar to papules but contain pus, appearing as white or yellowish bumps.
  • Nodules: Large, painful lumps beneath the skin’s surface that are solid and can cause scarring.
  • Cysts: Deep, painful, pus-filled lesions that can cause significant scarring and discomfort.

Causes of Back Acne

The development of back acne can be attributed to several factors:

  • Excess Sebum Production: Overactive sebaceous glands produce excess oil, leading to clogged pores.
  • Dead Skin Cells: Accumulation of dead skin cells can block hair follicles, contributing to acne formation.
  • Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in hormones, particularly during puberty, menstruation, or due to conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), can increase acne risk.
  • Genetics: A family history of acne can predispose individuals to developing the condition.
  • Diet and Lifestyle: High glycaemic diets, stress, lack of sleep and certain medications can also influence the severity of acne.

Indications for Back Acne Treatment

If you have persistent or severe back acne that impacts your confidence, causes discomfort, or results in scarring, seeking treatment can help. It’s also recommended if over-the-counter products or lifestyle changes haven’t worked for you.

Benefits of Back Acne Treatment

Reduction in Acne Lesions and Minimisation of Scarring

Effective treatment significantly reduces the number and severity of acne lesions, preventing or reducing acne scars and preserving skin texture and appearance.

Even Skin Tone and Better Skin Health

Treatments reduce post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and redness, resulting in a more uniform skin tone, while a proper skincare routine promotes healthier skin and prevents future breakouts.


Diagnosing body and back acne begins with a thorough clinical examination conducted by a doctor. This examination typically includes:

  • Visual Inspection
    The doctor examines the affected areas, noting the types and distribution of acne lesions, such as comedones, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts.
  • Patient History
    Gathering information about the patient’s acne history, including the onset, duration, and severity of acne, as well as any previous treatments and their outcomes.
  • Medical History
    Assessing the patient’s overall health, including any underlying medical conditions, hormonal imbalances, or medications that might contribute to acne.
  • Lifestyle Factors
    Evaluating lifestyle factors such as diet, stress levels, physical activity, and skincare routines that may influence acne.

Comprehensive Treatment Approach

Effective management of back acne involves a comprehensive treatment approach tailored to the severity and type of acne lesions. Here are the main ways to treat back acne:

Prevent and Eliminate Active Acne

Long Pulsed Lasers: Proven effective treatment that targets active acne lesions, reducing their severity and preventing new ones from forming.

Q-Switched Laser: Used in combination with Long Pulsed Lasers to rejuvenate the skin and enhance the treatment outcome.

RF Microneedling (Sylfirm/Sylfirm X): This technology combines radiofrequency with microneedling to treat active acne by reducing inflammation and promoting skin healing.

Oil Control

Laser Carbon Peel: This treatment helps to control excess oil production, which is a major contributor to acne. It involves applying a carbon solution to the skin followed by laser treatment to exfoliate and reduce oiliness.

Chemical Peels: These are used to exfoliate the skin gently, remove dead skin cells, and reduce oil buildup that can block pores and cause acne.

Improve Acne Scars

Fractional Resurfacing Lasers: These lasers help to improve the appearance of acne scars by stimulating collagen production and resurfacing the skin.

Acne Red Mark Laser: Specifically targets the red marks left by acne, reducing their appearance and promoting a more even skin tone.

Salmon DNA and Trout DNA Injections: These injectables are used to improve skin quality and texture, helping to reduce the appearance of acne scars.

Topical Treatment

DCMA Skincare Products: Specifically formulated for acne, these products can help to reduce acne lesions and maintain clear skin. They should be used as part of a daily skincare routine.

Oral Medication

Prescription Medications: Depending on the severity of the acne, oral medications such as antibiotics, and oral supplements such as Akincare and Crystal Tomato Whitening tablets which reduce inflammation may be prescribed to control and reduce acne lesions.

Choosing the Right Treatment Plan

Selecting the appropriate treatment plan for body and back acne requires a personalised approach, taking into account various factors unique to each patient. A tailored treatment plan ensures the best possible outcomes and minimises potential side effects. The individualised approach includes:

  • Severity of Acne: The type and severity of acne lesions (e.g., comedones, papules, pustules, nodules, cysts) will guide the choice of treatment.
  • Skin Type: Different skin types (oily, dry, sensitive, combination) respond differently to various treatments, necessitating customised options.
  • Patient Preferences: Understanding the patient’s preferences regarding treatment modalities, downtime tolerance, and aesthetic goals.

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Aftercare and Maintenance

Proper aftercare and maintenance are important for ensuring the effectiveness of body and back acne treatments and for preventing future breakouts. Here are the key components of aftercare and maintenance:

Post-Treatment Care
  • Gentle Cleansing: Use a mild, non-comedogenic cleanser to gently wash the treated areas. Avoid scrubbing or using harsh soaps that can irritate the skin.
  • Moisturisation: Apply a non-comedogenic moisturiser to keep the skin hydrated. Look for products that contain soothing ingredients like aloe vera or ceramides.
  • Sun Protection: Protect the treated areas from sun exposure by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Wear protective clothing and avoid direct sunlight, especially after laser treatments.
  • Avoid Picking or Scratching: Do not pick, scratch, or squeeze acne lesions or scabs, as this can lead to scarring and infection.
Regular Follow-Up Appointments
  • Monitoring Progress: Schedule regular follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor the progress of your treatment and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Early Intervention: Address any new or recurring acne lesions early to prevent them from becoming severe and to avoid potential scarring.
  • Updated Treatment Plan: Your doctor may update your treatment plan based on your skin’s response, ensuring optimal results and long-term maintenance.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    How long does it take to see results?

    Results vary depending on the treatment and individual skin condition, but improvements can often be seen within a few weeks.

    Are the treatments painful?

    Most treatments are well-tolerated and cause minimal discomfort. Your doctor may use numbing creams or other methods to enhance comfort.

    Can I combine different treatments?

    Yes, combining treatments can often enhance results. Your doctor will advise on the best combination for your skin.

    Will the acne come back after treatment?

    Maintenance treatments and proper skin care can help prevent a recurrence. Your doctor will provide a customised maintenance plan.

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